Ex-UNC player busted for pot at Roy Williams-owned rental house

Dec. 13, 2013 @ 07:11 PM

Former North Carolina basketball player Will Graves has been charged with two misdemeanor drug offenses while staying at a house owned by UNC coach Roy Williams.

Graves, 25, was cited for possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia on Dec. 6 after police found 4.4 grams of marijuana, eight marijuana seeds, three marijuana blunts and two burnt marijuana blunts in a house that Williams rents out on Pinehurst Dr. in Chapel Hill.

Team spokesman Steve Kirschner said that Graves, a Greensboro native, was renting the property for the fall semester. Kirschner said Graves came back to Chapel Hill to take classes at UNC and to work part-time as a video coordinator.

Kirschner said that Williams was “thrilled that Will came back to work toward his degree, but was certainly disappointed by his situation.” Kirschner said that former UNC star Lennie Rosenbluth is among the people who have rented Williams’ property in the past.

Graves averaged 9.8 points and 4.6 rebounds as a junior in 2009-10, but was dismissed from the team right before his senior season because of a violation of team rules. He had also been suspended for the final two months of his sophomore season.

Chapel Hill Police Lt. Josh Mecimore said police came to the property after a meter reader in the area reported that the house looked vacant and a window appeared to have been broken.

“There was no indication that the house had been broken into but while investigating they encountered Graves and the fact that he was in possession of marijuana,” Mecimore said.

Graves, who gave his consent to search the residence, was issued a citation and released. He’s due in court on Feb. 3.